City Manager's Office

Contact Odis Jones, City ManagerOdis Jones
Email the City Manager 
401 W. Front St. 
Hutto, TX  78634 
Ph: (512) 759-4030 
Fax: (512) 846-2653 
Hours:  8 a.m. - 5  p.m., Monday - Friday 

The City of Hutto is a home-rule municipality operating under a Council-Manager form of government in Central Texas. The City Manager serves as the CEO of the City.

Odis Jones began serving the City of Hutto in December of 2016. In this role, he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the local government and reports directly to the Mayor and the City Council, who are elected on a non-partisan basis. Jones has a national reputation for helping communities grow their local economy and has previously worked to secure world headquarter transactions such as GE Capital, Commvault, Goodyear, Whirlpool, Goya Foods and others. 

Jones leads the city with a team of executives who execute the strategic plans and daily operations. 

City of Hutto Executive Team
Helen Ramirez, AICP Helen_Ramirez

Assistant City Manager
Helen has more than 20 years of municipal planning and 10 years of private sector experience managing complex and high profile economic development projects both in the United States and Internationally. Award-winning projects include the Los Angeles Air Force Base $115 million New Space & Missile Command Center Redevelopment Project in Southern California. While serving as the Exec. Director of Business Development, Helen lead the Co-Op district redevelopment project anchored by a new civic center in Hutto, Texas. Today, she serves as the Assistant City Manager responsible for assisting the City Manager in providing strategic guidance to ensure optimal effectiveness, proper direction and desired outcomes for city operations.

Michel Sorrell, CPA Michel Sorrell
Chief Financial Officer
Michel serves as the chief financial officer for the City of Hutto with more than 15 years of municipal finance experience. Prior to her leadership at Hutto, she also served as the finance director, assistant to the city manager, and senior accountant/budget analyst for the City of Portland; as well as the Comptroller for Georgetown. Michel is a seven-time winner of the distinguished budget award and three-time recipient of the Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting.

Eliska Padilla, MASCL Public Information Officer, Eliska Smith's headshot

Executive Director of Communications & Marketing, Public Information Officer
Eliska has more than 25 years of marketing and communications experience in economic development and consulting, publishing, health care, education, and now municipal government. Eliska joined the City of Hutto in June 2017 and is responsible for library operations, downtown events and tourism, information technology, marketing, and the office of the city secretary. 

Chief Byron Frankland Chief_Frankland

Chief of Police
Chief Frankland joined the City of Hutto in 2017 with nearly 25 years of policing experience in the City of Galveston, serving at all levels of the organization from patrol officer to Assistant Chief of Police for the City of Galveston.  Since joining the department Chief Frankland has grown the professionalism, knowledge, and experience of the department, created a Criminal Investigation Unit, a Street Crimes and Narcotics Unit and added a canine officer.


Shawna Willis Shawna_WIllis
Director of Human Resources 
Shawna joined the City of Hutto in 2017, with over a decade of human resources experience. She is responsible for all aspects of human resources, including employee relations, compliance, compensation management and benchmarking, payroll, culture and employee development and succession.

Scot Stromsness Scot_Stromsness

Executive Director of Engineering and Public Works
Scot has served the citizens of Hutto since 2006. He is dedicated to the implementation of strategies that promote progressive infrastructure planning and development in the Hutto community. His philosophy is to promote the welfare of our citizens by meeting the needs of our rapidly developing community and addressing issues in a proactive and service minded manner. He is responsible for the Engineering and Public Works Administration, Engineering, Construction Inspection, Streets and Drainage, Parks Maintenance, Water and Wastewater and Animal Control Divisions of the City. 

Susan Cates, PCEDSusan_Cates4-
Executive Director of Economic Development
Prior to joining the City of Hutto in 2018, Susan served as director of economic development in Mexia, Texas. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science, Psychology, and later attended the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute, and completed studies in Economic Development Ethics, Finance, Real Estate Development and Reuse, and Strategic Planning.

The Council and city executive team holds fiscal responsibility, public safety, planning and economic development, quality of life and a wide array of other services that directly impact our citizens in high regard.

2017 was a year of preparing for growth. 2018 is about executing the growth plans and growing. You will soon start to see the growth through seven major areas, we call "The Magnificent Seven."

The City has undertaken these seven strategic projects to take control of its future:

1. providing spec light industrial park space through the Innovation Business Park,
2. developing the Co-Op into a mixed-use entertainment district,
3. developing Downtown Hutto,
4. repositioning the City's variable rate high-cost water assets with a goal of stabilizing rates for citizens,
5. purchasing and developing a park that connects to the regional park system in Williamson County,
6. investing in infrastructure and public safety through a streets and drainage program, and
7. ensuring a vibrant economic base for the city's future by investing in infrastructure for key growth corridors over the next 20 years.

These key projects and our Strategic Guide comprise the City’s unwavering commitment to growing Hutto stronger through a well-thought-out, sustainable manner while balancing the tax burden on its citizens.

We encourage you to engage with our leadership team through the Public Service Request and Citizen Action Center. You can also give your feedback to the City Council by attending our City Council meetings, and learn first-hand more about the policy-making-decisions.

Together, let’s make Hutto a great place to live, work, learn, and play!

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